GO GO HAMSTERS: Safety assured, panic over

Further test confirms that this year?s top toy complies with all European safety standards.
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The press can calm down, Character Options has just revealed that a further test of its Mr Squiggles Go Go Hamster complies with all European EN71 safety standards.

The tests were carried out overnight on the last batch of Go Go Pets to be shipped by the independent SGS Testing House in Hong Kong.

Rigorous testing was also carried out prior to the press reports, at different points in the manufacture and prior to shipping by the world’s leading independent quality assurance agency, Bureau Veritas.

In addition, as part of Character Options’ standard due diligence, the toy has been further tested on three separate occasions by the company’s own safety experts and found to fully comply with all EU standards.

Jon Diver, managing director for Character Options, (pictured) commented: “Character Options is confident that Mr Squiggles and all the toys in the Go Go Pets collection are completely safe.

“The pets are tested in independent accredited laboratories during the manufacture and again before shipment through our own internal diligence programme; their safety has always been ratified.“


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